So, I’ll start out by telling you why I decided to write this post.
I was at a shopping mall, and I saw a woman testing an eau de toilette. She sprayed a bit it the air – made a funny face – put the bottle down and left the counter.
Her mistake – she made a snap decision and walked away too soon.
Finding your signature scent.
It can be a little overwhelming walking to a beauty counter, with the amount of scents you have to choose from. For the most part it is a trial-and-error experience, ending up either with something you love or another bottle that will go in a box in your closet.
I used to wear Dolce & Gabanna (red cap) eau de toilette until they decided to discontinue it – sigh. Now I wear Chanel’s Chance Eau Tendre eau de toilette.
Oddly enough, my mother’s signature scent is Chanel No.5 eau du parfum.
I L-O-V-E the way Chance smells on me and I get random compliments from family, friends and stranger all the time. So I know it’s a keeper.
So this post is going to help you avoid wasting anymore money and maybe gain a few more compliments in the process.
Quick guide to notes
Scent notes, not musical notes.
TOP NOTE: This is the strongest scent you’ll smell when you first spray a perfume, and it fades within 15 minutes.
MIDDLE NOTE aka HEART NOTE: This is the body of the perfume, the prominent smell – it lasts for a few hours.
BOTTOM NOTE: This is the best part, the rich scent that lingers until the end of the day. This is what counts the most.
Spray and step away.
I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.
Spritz 2-3 different options (wrists or inside of your elbows) on your body and then leave the perfume counter. This will give you a better sense of how it will smell in day-to-day life.
Wait 30 minutes so you have a much better idea of how it will smell on your skin.
Now you can make your decision – hopefully there will be an overwhelming favorite!
DID YOU KNOW?
Your diet, hormones and pH balance of your skin all affect the way a scent will smell on you.
How do you make your perfume last longer?
Don’t keep it in a damp or warm place. I keep mine in my bedroom, away from the windows.
When spritzing perfume, what are the pulse points on your body?
- Your neck.
- Wrists – don’t rub your wrists together afterwards – it crushes the scent.
- Inside your elbows.
- Below your midriff.
- Behind your knees.
- Your ankles an calves.